It is a historic year for the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (Ballard Locks) in Seattle, and you’re invited to help celebrate!
July 4, 1917 marked the official opening of the Ballard Locks. On that day the SS Roosevelt passed through and led a marine parade of commercial and pleasure craft through the Ship Canal to Lake Union and Lake Washington.
On July 9, 2017, event supporters and sponsors (4Culture, Making the Cut, The Center for Wooden Boats, HistoryLink, Discover Your Northwest, Friends of the Ballard Locks, Classic Yacht Association, Discovery Modelers Education Center, M/V Lotus, Virginia V and Adventuress) will commemorate this historic event by re-creating that parade. The historic schooner Adventuress will pass through the locks and lead a marine parade of historic vessels from Salmon Bay into Lake Union.
Activities begin at 10 am, leading up to the Adventuress transiting the Locks west to east. The Adventuress, standing in for the SS Roosevelt — the first large ocean-going vessel to transit the Locks west to east — will enter the large lock at approximately 10:15 am. As she enters the Ship Canal at the east end of the Locks passage, the Adventuress will be joined by vessels of all types and sizes, including two — Glory Be and Keewaydin (ex-Honey Boy) — that were in the first Locks boat parade.
There will be an estimated 50 registered boats in the parade. The parade will end at South Lake Union, where the Adventuress will be moored at the north wall at Lake Union Park. There will be docent historians and printed information at several official viewing spots.
New parade information, including viewing spots, list of vessels in the parade, parade route map, and post-parade details, will be announced regularly on the website and Facebook event.
This event is free and open to the public, all ages are welcome!